The monster of a hypercar isn’t even in the possession of all of its very affluent buyers who shelled out a small fortune for it but already the rumor mill is discussing the work done by the automaker for the development of its successor.
We’re about a decade or so away from the actual moment of seeing the Chiron get surpassed by its newer successor – so it’s only natural to see the new model use at least some form of electrification. Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was recently interviewed and also discussed the future of the brand, hinting at what should be in line for the Molsheim-based hypercar brand when the Chiron is due for its own retirement. The boss said “electrification will happen” thanks to the technology advancing at a rapid pace right now, with ample progress on electric motors and battery technologies.
He also said there “will probably never be a car with the pure mechanical capabilities of the Chiron,” adding “The fact is that it may never be beaten in pure mechanical terms makes it incredibly desirable” – and he may very well purchase one for himself. Bugatti is only producing the Chiron in 500 examples, with more than half already pre-sold. The hypercar has 1,479 horsepower (1,103 kilowatts) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Newton-meters) of torque thanks to the quad turbo W16 8.0-liter engine, and it’s churning them in pure traditional, gas-guzzling way.